How to Add Works Cited Into PowerPoint

By Andrew Aarons

The Microsoft Office suite contains all of the programs you need to express yourself and keep track of your work, from Publisher to Excel, from Word to PowerPoint. These applications are particularly useful for students, who need to compile reports, spreadsheets, and to make presentations. In an academic setting, a works cited page is fundamentally important, and should be incorporated into your PowerPoint presentations.

Step 1

Compile your works cited list in Word. It's easier to format a works cited list in Word than in PowerPoint, and you can copy-and-paste between the two programs easily. Click "Start" then type "Word" into the search bar. Click on "Microsoft Word" in the search results to open the program.

Step 2

Type your works cited list according to the style guide you are using. In MLA style, you should begin with the name of the author, then the title of the publication (underlined or italicized), the name of the specific document or article in quotation marks, the date of publication and the page numbers that the material appears on. This is the basic order for works cited items. If some of this information is missing or unattainable, skip to the next step.

Step 3

Alphabetize your works cited. You need to put all of the items in order, from the first letter of the first piece information you have. If you have a works cited with six entries, three of which have author names and three don't, organize all six items by respective first letters. Don't group those with authors first, then those entries without.

Step 4

Open PowerPoint. Click "File" then "Open." Find the presentation that is connected to your works cited list and click "Open." Generally, your works cited goes at the end or your project, whether you've written an essay or banged out a 200-slide PowerPoint, so click on the last slide in your project to jump to the end.

Step 5

Make sure the "Home" tab is highlighted at the top of PowerPoint and click "New Slide." Click the small arrow under "New Slide" to choose a specific layout, otherwise PowerPoint inserts a slide mimicking the style of the previous. Switch to Word and copy all of your text, then paste the text into the large text box in this new slide. Your text format and style will remain the same as in Word, but you can use PowerPoint to manipulate it further.